The CDC has finally relaxed the Covid restrictions that many Americans already knew were useless, that of quarantining those who have been exposed to the virus.
The new guidance “lifts the requirement to quarantine if exposed to the virus, deemphasizes screening people with no symptoms and updates Covid-19 protocols in schools,” NPR writes, yet for some, like noted crybully Taylor Lorenz, these changes are intended to hurt people like her.
“Literally what is the plan for high-risk/medically vulnerable and disabled people?” She writes on Twitter. “Just let us die while the world marches on?? Like wtf.”
Lorenz, who has come to symbolize the kind of whiny, entitled millennial that demands more of society than she would ever allow anyone to expect of herself, can’t bear to have the freedoms of others supersede her own need to restrict them.
There is an ethos among Americans of a certain overeducated class, among those who feel their mere existence is permission to dictate terms of behavior to the rest of society. It is this group that reveled in the Covid restrictions, has used masking and quarantining as a moral cudgel with which to beat the rest of us, to call us “grandma killers,” and claim that we just don’t care about others.
There are many among the elite media class of millennials who advocated, during the early months of the pandemic, to never leave their own homes, to give in to their inner desire to not see anyone anyway, to live their entire lives online, telling others what to do while they breathed filtered air, consumed delivered meals, and ordered all their supplies from Amazon.
For her part, Lorenz laments that the US “never had full lockdowns.” In her view, those people who were concerned about the impacts of isolation, school and church closures, and economic shutdowns, are literally forcing the disabled to “stay locked away forever.”
“The same ppl complaining not stop abt the ‘mental health’ cost of lockdowns,” she writes, “(even though we never had full lockdowns) & having to wear masks, are perfectly happy to force disabled ppl to stay locked away forever or keep an N95 glued to their face every time they step into public.”
Instead of giving Americans back their right to show their own faces, to not take medical precautions when they don’t believe they are necessary, or even when the CDC doesn’t believe they are necessary, Lorenz and those who agree with her, want everyone to cater to her own concerns.
This is not about masks, it’s not about support for the disabled, it’s about wanting to force others to treat you a certain, very specific way, even to the detriment of their own preferences and freedoms, and feeling entitled enough to demand it.
“Even if you wear an N95 everywhere, one-way masking policies leave vulnerable ppl at risk,” she writes. “Say there’s a tiny gap in ur mask, u have to remove your mask at airport security, or take a sip of water. To say nothing of the countless other mitigation measures our leaders have ignored” [sic]
She implores officials, experts, to require that the public do what she wants them to do. And this is not a proclivity specific to Lorenz, though she embodies it perfectly. Prior to the pandemic, plenty of other contagious illnesses were part of our daily lives. Yet most people did not feel a need to mask, either for their own benefit or for the benefit of others. But instead of remembering a mere few years back, Lorenz lashes out at those who do not wish to mask, and for the CDC for stating that an exposure to Covid should not require that exposed person to hole up at home for two weeks on the chance that they contracted a virus.
“Disabled/medically vulnerable ppl shouldn’t have to risk their lives to participate in society, not are most even given that choice. Disabled people also have to work, go to school, grocery shop, go to the doctor’s office. We are human beings in the world just like everyone else.”
And of course, the final missive in Lorenz’s diatribe has to do with wanting there to be more people who think like her in media in order to pump her view and “center” those views over the others. If only there were more people, Lorenz believes, who were aware of how hard it is to be someone like her, there would be more concessions made to her and those who agree with her.
“As someone working in media who’s immunocompromised and medically vulnerable, I really wish we as an industry hired more disabled writers and did more to center vulnerable people in our coverage, esp on COVID. What’s happening right now is so horrific on such a massive scale,” she writes.
The only thing that is horrific is the ongoing capitulation to crybullies who demand all the concessions, entitlements, and privileges, while telling the rest of us we are inconsiderate for not considering them first.
If anything, the CDC’s new guidance has finally caught up to the rest of America. People can no longer be convinced that they need to stay inside while not sick for two weeks or more simply on the off chance they have a cold. For the past few years of this pandemic, we have been bullied and harangued by people who cry out how much more important their lives and lifestyles are than everyone else’s, and finally, hopefully, people are realizing that they can think, and live, on their own terms.